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Bill To Drop Sex Abuse Statute Of Limitations Moves Forward In NJ

New Jersey Statehouse - Trenton, NJ - File Photo

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - A bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit in cases of child sex abuse passed the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.

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Right now, child sex abuse victims have two years to file a lawsuit.

“It’s important to lift the statute of limitations because every victim is not ready within two years to come forward,” Union County Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, one of the bill’s sponsors, told Putney.

She said victims will still have to prove their case in court under this measure.

“But this is not going to shut the court doors to individuals that, for all this time, haven’t had a voice,” she said.

The bill would also expand who can be held liable, cutting out immunity for charitable, educational, and religious non-profits.

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